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Thursday, 8 July 1920

Mr MAHONY (Dalley) .- I trust the Minister for Trade and Customs (Mr. Greene) will agree to the insertion of this . necessary and important amendment, as shipwrights and ships' carpenters are very important members of a vessel's crew, particularly in the event of an accident. Should a vessel be damaged in a collision at sea, it is very necessary that a competent shipwright or ship's carpenter should be available, otherwise the lives of all those on board would be endangered.

Mr GREENE (RICHMOND, NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for Trade and Customs) - By whom would the certificates be issued ?

Mr MAHONY - By the Department. Highly-skilled shipwrights employed ashore have to possess a certificate of competency, which can only be obtained after serving a period of apprenticeship. The Minister for Trade and Customs will surely see that we are not asking too much, and I trust that he will agree to the amendment, as such a protection may be the means of not only safeguarding ship-owners' property, but of saving valuable lives.

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